Economics, Economists, and Water Policy Advising

by Leonard Shabman, Virginia Tech, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


Subjects covered include the effectiveness of economic analysis, the economist as technician and as policy entrepreneur, and others. Economic concepts and studies can be used as a means for organizing thinking prior to arriving at a decision. This paper offers some personal reflections upon the nature and contribution of economics as a discipline to policy analysis. It pays particular attention to economics in water policy and program evaluation.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Water policy | Water resources

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